Bing Now Allows Users To Like And Comment On Facebook Entries Right From Its Social Sidebar
Bing‘s social sidebar, which shows relevant entries from your Facebook friends, Twitter, Klout, Quora and other services, just got a lot more interactive. You can now like Facebook posts in the social sidebar and add their own comments. In addition you can now also see all of the existing comments on a post right in the sidebar, too. This, Microsoft believes, will make the social search experience on Bing even more interactive, engaging and helpful than before. It also, of course, means users don’t have to leave Bing to engage with these posts. Chances are, after all, that they will get distracted by all of the other goodies Facebook has to offer once they leave Bing and won’t return anytime soon. Personally, I’ve never found these social search results all that useful. Microsoft, however, clearly believes that this, in combination with the they are doing around semantic search, will allow it to continue to compete with Google, which seems to have de-emphasized social search over ...
CrunchWeek: Apple Earnings Land With A Thud, Twitter Launches Videos With Vine, Quora As A Blog Platform
Another busy week in tech has come and gone, so you know what that means: It's time for CrunchWeek, the time when a few of us writers talk about the most interesting stories of the past seven days. In this edition, Leena Rao, Anthony Ha and I (beaming into the TechCrunch TV studio via Skype as I was a bit under the weather) discuss how Apple's first quarter earnings report has gotten a very chilly reception from Wall Street,
Q: What’s Wrong With Quora?
Imagine that you are transported by a time machine to somewhen in the depths of prehistory, like maybe 2005 or something. Imagine further that you subsequently must try to convince people there/then that one day in the future, an online service which codifies, organizes, and ranks excellent answers to very nearly any imaginable question--for free!--will be wildly less successful than one that lets people post messages of 140 characters or less. I think you would have a hard time. From the early days of Quora, when it was the Biggest Thing In The Valley, people have been saying "Quora will be bigger than Twitter." But--sorry. No. Not even close. There are various theories as to why. Some claim "Quora power-users, the self-proclaimed elite who dominate the site, prevent Quora from growing its community."
As Recipe Sharing On Pinterest Explodes, Foodily Revamps To Focus On Social
Foodily, a startup that began as a recipe search site before arriving on iPhone in late 2011, is today rolling out a major revamp of its user interface that puts even more emphasis on social interactions. The company is calling the combination of new features the "Food With Friends" experience, and it's something that's clearly been inspired in other trends in the social networking space, including those on Pinterest, Twitter and Quora.
Quora Gets Answers For Your Urgent And Mobile Questions By Suggesting You Ask Experts “Online Now”
Quora's priorities are growth, hosting a wider range of questions, and mobile -- which is now 25% of its traffic. So to attract people who need quick answers, especially on the go, it is starting to show the online status of the experts it recommends you ask. It could keep that "live" feeling that Quora already offers, and pull quick-decision questions about topics like shopping or cooking away from Facebook and Twitter. Quora has long given suggestions of who to direct your questions to based on the tags you add. Now when possible, its top suggestions will be experts who are "online now", meaning they have the site or app open. By asking these people who are actually available, you're a lot more likely to get a quick response.